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Pipers Pale Ale - Dunedin Brewery

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Pipers Pale AlePipers Pale Ale

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68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 95
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dunedin Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: StevieW on 08-18-2002

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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 95
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin Creme head. Nose is minor tones of nuts, but really barely anything there at all. Flavor is a bitter, tangy citrus thing. Nothing really complex, but it works. Feel is a high biting carbonation and the liquid is typical. This is a decent pale ale. Some proper cask conditioning might do it well.

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Photo of CrellMoset
2.54/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle given as a gift by the owner of Kingdom Spirits and Liquors in Brandon, FL - thanks!! Poured into an American pint glass.

Appearance: A crystal clear orange yellow beer, very active, big bubbled carbonation, white, fine, sticky head with huge lacing.

Aroma: Faint husky grainyness, some empty hop spiciness, and an abnormally and off-puttingly large amount of oxidation. Perhaps the bottle's gone bad.

Taste: Very mild, and not too much flavor. Almost no hop presence, and only that same pale, empty, steely grainyness from the nose. Tastes like additives - mmm.

Mouthfeel: Thin but big-bodied and fluffy. Even bubble structure makes for a creamy feel, which is nice, even if it's a little too big-bodied.

Drinkability: This one was a dump, honestly. A very pale pale ale that was devoid of a lot of the notes you'd expect from a good pale ale, and the bottle seemed to have gone a little south as well. Perhaps it's better on tap?

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 16oz bottle of Pipers Pale Ale during a recent visit to the Dunedin Brewery. The PPA pours hazy amber with a good sized off white head. Fruity, and occasionally floral, hop esters mingle with bready and mildly citric sour notes. Moderate hop flavors dominate a grainy malt background. The finish is dry with moderately light and lingering hop bitterness. Medium light body and carbonation helps make this a smooth and easy drinking beer. I liked it, but would have preferred a touch more malt character to support the hops.

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Photo of sloejams
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I walked into a shop here in Tampa Bay, really longing for something local. I've been to Tampa Bay Brewing a few years ago and was well impressed. I wanted something like that, but in a bottle and now and from a big ole chain liquor shop.

Stomped in there with a purpose, only local beer there was from the Dudedin Brewery and fucking bless them - it was a pint bottle. It was a part of a 4 pack but also very clearer available as a single. Boom.

It had a hop presenceI wasn't really expecting (maybe because I just got out of a Devil Ray game and was a long way from the hop bomb West Coast I call home). It stood it's own with the West Coast PAs I know too well. If anything the hops seem a bit overbearing. Yes, this surprised me.

From what I've had - this is the best beer I've had in a bottle from Florida.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Judged "Best Beer in Florida" printed on label. 16oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark orangish copper color with a semi-sticky white head. The smell consists of a biscuity malt aroma with caramel, bread and some nice pine/citrus hops as well. The taste begins with a brief malt presence and is quickly covered up by a long and lingering hop bitterness. The taste is good but it suffers a little because of it's lack of balance. Overall, this is a pretty decent good beer with a good dose of hops.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy pale amber with a nice stream of bubbles coming up from the glass. Bice big white head gave way slightly but stuck around till the bottom of the glass. Sone nice lace held outh till the end. The smell was slightly hoppy, with more of a grassy earthy tone to it, hints of sweetness as well. The taste was a bit light, watered down, but was a typical pale ale. Very smooth going down and overall a fine pick. This would make a nice session ale and always good to try something new.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nothin but foam out of this one... and it takes a long time to settle. Hazy orange color when it does. Lace climbs all the way out the glass when you finally drink it down.
Kinda musty aroma with a slight citrus touch.
Malty somewhat bready flavor. Some fruitiness. More pungent than citrussy hop flavor slight and pleasant bitterness.
Light to medium bodied. WAY overcarbonated = tough to even close your mouth with out it blowing up on you. Somewhat dry finish.
Nothing special here. Quite suprised that this one has any sort of medal. Maybe an overcarbonated batch... but the other dunedin brews suggest the same thing. It might be more enjoyable if I didn't have top wait 10 minutes a pour for an inch and a half of beer in my pint glass.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool little story on the back label about the bagpipes being the "ancient instrument of war"; I'm a sucker for beers with historical overtones, as so many seem to have. This pours a medium amber with strong orange tinting and a thin white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles sizzling to the top at a constant rate. Nose is nearly nonexistent with some very light, buttery hop action.

Mellow for a pale ale with medium hops but low bitterness. Some late balance helps provide a pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is overcarbonated at first but thinner at the finish than I'd like. Overall, this is a drinkable pale ale with a mild but round and easy to quaff flavor.

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Photo of sponberg
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lively brew, to put it mildly. Pours EXTREMELY effervescently (read: one carbonated SOB) and amused the hell out of my kids when a one ounce refill pour into a half full glass caused an overflow. Slightly cloudy gold with a white head and a lot of it - think the Larry Tate of beers. Solid aroma - slightly yeasty, honey-toasty malt with some citrus hops and a faint whiff of diacetyl.

Starts with a slightly rindy bitterness with a biscuity maltiness, again with hints of buttery tang. Not as much going on here as the aroma would have me believe. Slight yeastiness in here as well. The underlying bitterness follows through all sip long, with faint citrus hoppiness to the end along with the biscuity malt. Very consistent, no surprises. Slightly thin, obviously carbonated mouthfeel. Definitely a drinkable, quaffable beer - on tap this would be a solid session brew in the hot Florida weather.

Thanks to Wingnut for the bottle - there are signs of beer life in the Sunshine State. :thumbup:

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a one pint bottle into a pint glass. A rather large, white, somewhat wispy head forms on top of a slightly hazy, golden orange colred brew.

Not much in the aroma. Smells like beer but nothing noticeable.

This beer tastes a lot like an ESB. Certainly not as hoppy as most APA, maybe EPA. Nice hops that balance well with the light malts. I like the taste but doesnt seem to meet the qualifications on an APA, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is a bit astringent. Nice body though and the drinkabitlity is quite nice. Certainly a beer that can be had more than once in a session.

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Photo of DieselSnorter
2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Holy giant head batman!
It takes a while to pour this beer as no matter how careful you are, a HUGE head will form and try to overflow your glass. It takes a number of pours to get a full glass. Pours out a beautiful honey/amber color with a thick frothy head that leaves an intricate lacing . This beer would be great in TV commercials.

The smell was average, nothing exciting for me. I couldn't discern much of anything, but it wasn't a bad smell.

Mildly bitter with hints of citrus with a strong aftertaste. Didn't do a whole lot for me.

Mouthfeel was okay, kind of soft and mushy with high carbonation at the same time.

I probably woudn't drink too much of this. I was hoping this would be the local offering I would pick up regularly. This would be okay from time to time, or with maybe with a steak, but I won't be going out of my way to get more.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A massive white craggy head topped this pale amber colored beer in the glass. It took me 3 pours to finally empty the bottle the head was so massive. And it stayed forever. A half hour later and I still have over 1/4" of sticky lacing covering the top of this brew.
Aroma is slightly sweet and toasty without much in the way of hops,however A little soapy smelling as it warms, too.
Taste is sweeter than I would like from a pale ale...seems a cross between a scotish, a light amber, and a pale. As it warms toasted flavors become even more prominent. Mildish hops come at the end, but a little too little too late.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a pretty honey body and a thick, fairly sticky tan head. Unfortunately there's just not much hop aroma that comes out of the beer. A slight nose of bittering hops and sweet malty backbone. Taste is pretty nice. Sweetish malty character and a nice bittering hop end. Again, not much in the way of aroma hops (unfortunately). Medium mouthfeel and fairly highly carbonated. Good drinkability, but not as good as their Celtic Gold.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange amber color, decent head with some lacing but not much. Comes in a nice 16 oz brown bottle that I'll be sure to reuse for homebrew.

Smell: pine hops on a biscuity malt base, with some mineral character as well

Taste: A good malt base that makes me think this is APA is jsut leaning to the APA side of the amber/APA divide, but that might be because I thoughtlessly preceded this with an IPA. Hops are perhaps a touch harsh.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light body, good carbonation, but for me by the end of the 16 oz bottle it was a little light in that respect.

Drinkability: Not a bad APA, my dad stopped by the brewery and picked up a four-pack and a glass for me, so it's got good associations.

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Photo of skizziks
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. bottle into a nonic. The pour raises a thick 2" off-white head, fluffy, slightly rocky with good retention and lacing. The beer is a deep gold, almost copper.

Aroma is of bready malt with some herbal hops. Aroma is a little weak.

Delicate flavor of biscuit malt with some citric hop and a slightly bitter finish. Ends a little coarse, but well balanced.

Body is medium-full, creamy and tongue coating. Fairly drinkable and pleasat but not too remarkable. The "kolsh-style" Celtic Gold is a better bet for a good Pale Ale from this brewery.

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Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a couple of these at Tropicana Field (our seats were just down from the World of Beer kiosk!).

A: Amber-copper, off-white head, some retention and lace.

S: American hops (pine & citrus), toffee and a hint of cotton candy.

T: Plenty of flavour, grapefruit, pine, toffee, bread and caramel. Quite acidic.

M: Higher than moderate body is a little syrupy (surprising for this style & climate). Moderately high carbonation.

D: Quite good.

Could use a little more bitterness and/or attenuation (or less caramel malt).

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Photo of brentk56
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very attractive beer, with a slightly hazy light copper color, a respectable head and plenty of lacing

Smell: Biscuity aroma with a modest amount of earthy hops; a smidge of caramel

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity flavor that is joined, after the swallow by an earthy, woody hops flavor that becomes rather husky on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation but it dries out your mouth in the finish

Drinkability: Fits more in the EPA than APA style category, this is a decent beer that suffers from a number of flaws that make it distinctive but ultimately unsatisfying

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Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pipers Pale Ale pours a copper color with a fluffy off white head from a brown pint bottle. Aroma is mild, but has a floral hoppy quality to it. Interesting taste, floral and astringent hoppiness seem to be battling it out. Kind of a bitter aftertaste. Not bad, not great, worth a try.

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Photo of surfadelic23
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had bottles of this and tried it on tap and man is the tap stuff fresh! Was at the brewey the other day and tried this again...
This is a nice light copper colored ale that pours a thin head and leaves some lace on the glass. Boy do the hops come through nicely on this one. Not overpowering at all. This has great hop flavor without being a "HOP-BOMB". Since it is more subdued, it contributes to the overall drinkability and makes for a very pleasant mouthfeel.

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Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint bottle received from LuckySevens82 and BIF33 - Team Spring.

Pours a clear amber to really close to red colored ale with a fast fading white head.

Smell is quite sweet and quite hoppy with a good pine and menthol smell to it. Quite clean smelling but not real complex.

Taste is sweet and malty at the very start with a little hop astringency. Good hop flavor that is very much herbal and not "C" hops flavor at all. Good flavor but there is a slight harsh edge to this.

Mouthfeel is good.

An OK if basic pale ale.

Well I can't say that anything about this ale is all that interesting. Sure it is drinkable but I will see if any SNPA is available first.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz single, from BIF across america and BRoss42

appearance: pours in its entirety into a great dane imperial pint glass...the appearance is actually very impressive...a clear amber-orange body with a very nice beige snow cap and great retention

smell: fairly high malt presence, hops are grassy and herbal...peppery, roasted nuts, sweet and bready....i like them a little hoppier but nothing bad going on here

taste: sweet caramel malt, slightly fruity, heavy roasted nut taste which I kind of like for this beer, apple, grassy hop presence but not a hop monster...pretty good

mouthfeel: a little thin, chalky, slight bitterness

drinkability: pretty easy drinking

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.31/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice coppery-red color, good tannish head, decent retention.
Smell is light with hops, fruit and maybe some malt present.
Taste is quite hoppy for an ale with a light fruit presence and a touch of malt hiding way in the back.
A medium/light brew, fairly crisp with little aftertaste. Supposedly the best Florida beer in 2003. Must have been a small, undistinguished field in my opinion. Have had others from Dunedin and find the consistency isn't there yet but I will keep checking back.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.71/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've always said that there's something wrong with Florida water and I present this beer as evidence.
This pours pretty enough; a pretty bronze color with nice clarity.
The smell is mild and slightly sweet.
Taste makes me think of tangerine rind with, maybe, a smidgen of apricot.
Mouthfeel is quite watery and smokey. Something just isnt quite right with it. The finish is not very enjoyable.
No need to bother with this brew. Hundreds of better pale ales out there.

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Photo of joeyels
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First beer I've tried from Dunedin, overall a nice offering. Pours a golden brown with very little head that you have to almost drag out of the bottle. Smells a bit fruity with the hops barely coming through. Taste is mediocre, starts with a faint taste of hops that fades quickly. Almost no aftertaste to speak of. I felt that the taste started off good and just dissapeared in my mouth.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Popped off the yellow DUNEDIN BREWERY cap and poured this out to see a hazy apricot hue topped off with a frothy dense khaki head cap that leaves a good lacing in the glass.

Light scents of citrus hoppy nose.

First swigs: Orange citus tang hops. Hardly any malt backing. Really comes off more like a mild but pale ale works. Aftertaste is cloying. Bitter astringent orange peel.

Thin to medium body. Soft carbonation.

Last swigs: This is orange swizzle stix pale ale. Nada mas.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

***Just had a pint at the Brewery. It is just as solid and balanced***

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Pipers Pale Ale from Dunedin Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.